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Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)

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Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)

Michael Burks - Iron Man (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 436 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb
Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4923 | Time: 01:00:20 | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Blues-Rock

Michael Burks' third release on Alligator Records, Iron Man, is as close to being a live album as you can get from a studio performance. This could be attributed to Burks using his seasoned road band on this date instead of the Memphis studio musicians used previously on Make It Rain and I Smell Smoke. Alongside Burks' searing Flying V strut, Wayne Sharp's greasy Hammond B-3 dominates this set, reveling in soul and rock influences, including a cover version of Free's "Fire and Water," a definite nod to the blues-rock audience Burks has gained over his 30-plus years on the road. While Iron Man is an overall inspired modern electric blues disc, a few missteps hamper the session. "Ashes in My Ashtray," penned by Chicago bluesman Jimmy Johnson, would have made a better instrumental in this particular case, as the lyrics get in the way of an intense Burks guitar performance.

Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King - Got My Mind Back (1996)

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Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King - Got My Mind Back (1996)

Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King - Got My Mind Back (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Label: Bullseye Blues | # CD BB 9578 | Time: 00:43:16
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Blues-Rock

There is no need for guest musicians when Smokin' Joe Kubek is around, for the explosive guitarist completely fills up the ensembles with distortions worthy of acid rock. Kubek is a fairly well-rounded player who occasionally leaves space and during at least two songs ("All the Love There Is" and "She's It") on this CD creates some surprising tones on his instrument (sounding like a keyboard on the former and playing 1970s-style wah-wah notes during the latter). With B'nois King contributing smooth but emotional vocals and bassist Paul Jenkins and drummer Mark Hays supporting Kubek, this is a tight group that probably puts on a killer live show.

Ian Gillan - The Solid Gold Collection: 30 Massive Rock Tracks (2005) 2CD Set [Re-Up]

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Ian Gillan - The Solid Gold Collection: 30 Massive Rock Tracks (2005) 2CD Set [Re-Up]

Ian Gillan - The Solid Gold Collection: 30 Massive Rock Tracks (2005) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 892 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 319 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Label: Union Square Music | # SGDCD2038 | Time: 02:19:16
Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock, Pop/Rock

Mention the name of Ian Gillan and the name Deep Purple immediately springs to mind. His trademark long-flowing hair, crazed conga-playing, and soaring classic rock voice, have always personified the Seventies hard rock supergroup. Here we present the very best of Ian’s solo recordings - an intoxicating mixture of hard rock, blues and even the occasional pop song.

VA - Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004) [Re-Up]

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VA - Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004) [Re-Up]

VA - Power Of Soul - A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 505 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:19
Blues-Rock, Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk, Soul | Label: Direct Video | # DVDUK069C

This star-studded musical tribute to Jimi Hendrix is highlighted by contributions by artists from rock, R&B, blues and funk. Each of these artists bears witness to Hendrix’s imprint on their own music. From the contemporary R&B stylings of Musiq to the deep country blues of John Lee Hooker, Jimi’s creative spirit-the pure inventive freedom he drew upon to originate these signature songs-stands undiminished. This special project features new interpretations of Hendrix’s classics from a host a music’s biggest stars including Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Prince, Santana, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Earth Wind & Fire, and numerous others.

Elkie Brooks - Sunshine After the Rain: The Collection (2010) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Elkie Brooks - Sunshine After the Rain: The Collection (2010) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Elkie Brooks - Sunshine After the Rain: The Collection (2010) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 822 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 336 Mb | Scans ~ 40 Mb | 02:26:30
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Blues Rock, Blues, Soul | Label: Spectrum/UMC | # SPEXX2031

This double CD is the most comprehensive collection of Elkie's music yet released. The first CD is similar to previous compilations, focusing on hits and covers of other songs. Some covers (Nights in white satin (Moody Blues), Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac)) show that Elkie can take famous songs and keep them interesting. Others (such as Lilac wine) she plucked from obscurity and made her own. This CD contains much great music, most if not all previously released on CD. The second CD showcases Elkie's blues roots. It also includes covers, but of bluesy songs such as Hello stranger (Barbara Lewis), The way you do the things you do (Temptations), Rescue me (Fontella Bass), He's a rebel (Crystals) and Do right woman do right man. The first 13 tracks on this CD pre-dates Elkie's commercial breakthrough and some may be making their CD debut.

Mike Zito & The Wheel - Gone To Texas (2013)

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Mike Zito & The Wheel - Gone To Texas (2013)

Mike Zito & The Wheel - Gone To Texas (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 408 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Ruf | # RUF 1189 | Time: 01:02:03

Mike Zito’s ‘Gone To Texas’ is both a literal and metaphorical title, reflecting the fact he’s overcome his previous drug and alcohol problems and has moved to Texas from the mid- west in search of sobriety and a fresh start. In fact the album is an autobiographical step in the career of the Royal Southern Brotherhood founder member whose song writing ability was never better showcased than here. If the award winning ‘Greyhound’ was all about his troubles and running away from his demons, then ‘Gone To Texas’ is more about finding contentment and a celebration of his current life in a musical form: ‘My Eyes have seen the glory, one step at the time, I’ve found hope in redemption and a sky as big as God.’

Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967

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Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967

Lowell George & The Factory - Lightning-Rod Man (1993) Recorded 1966-1967
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 214 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 94 Mb | Scans included
Psychedelic Rock, Folk-Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Edsel | # EDCD377 | 00:37:37

Before emerging as a cult star in the 1970s, Lowell George was a presence on the L.A. folk-rock/psychedelic scene in the 1960s. With his group the Factory, he only managed to release one single during this time. Lightning-Rod Man rescues 15 tunes cut by this unit, including the single and over a dozen outtakes and demos. Almost exclusively original material, most of these tracks were recorded in 1966 and 1967. They show the group pursuing a slightly eccentric folk-rock vision that neither bears much similarity to George's more famous work nor matches the best work done in this genre by their L.A. peers. At times they echo Kaleidoscope in their vaguely spacy, good-natured folkish rock; just as often, they take cues from Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa in their skewed blues-rock and obtuse songwriting. In fact, Zappa himself produced and played on a couple of the demos, and one-time Mothers of Invention members Elliot Ingber and Roy Estrada show up on a few others. A few songs cut toward the end of the decade feature a heavier, bluesier sound that show George edging in a different direction. An enjoyable vault find, but not a major revelation.

Eric Clapton - Money And Cigarettes (1983)

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Eric Clapton - Money And Cigarettes (1983)

Eric Clapton - Money And Cigarettes (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 293 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 124 Mb | Scans included
Rock, Pop Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-23773-2 | Time: 00:37:28

Money and Cigarettes is the eighth solo studio album by Eric Clapton recorded after his first rehabilitation from alcoholism. Produced by Clapton and Tom Dowd with, apart from Albert Lee, a new backing band of veteran session musicians including Donald "Duck" Dunn, Roger Hawkins, and Ry Cooder. The album was moderately successful commercially, reaching Top 20 chart positions in several countries.

Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden (2009) 2CDs

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Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden (2009) 2CDs

Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood - Live From Madison Square Garden (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 930 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 296 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Label: Reprise/Duck | # 9362-49798-8 | Time: 02:09:17
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Pop/Rock

History rocked and rock made history during a sold-out three-gig stand at Madison Square Garden in late February 2008 when icons Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood performed a concert together for the first time since their all-too-brief days in the legendary Blind Faith in 1969. Whether they will ever team again is unknown. But with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Live From Madison Square Garden, on this two-CD edition, fans everywhere are able to experience the sound and the glory of a performance on that famous stage by two of rock's greatest artists.

Gov't Mule - Dose (1998)

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Gov't Mule - Dose (1998)

Gov't Mule - Dose (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 443 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans included
Label: Evangeline Records | # GELM 4004 | Time: 01:05:20
Classic Rock, Blues-Rock, Southern Rock

Gov't Mule's sound is a throwback to the '70s heyday of Southern rock, and their style is peppered with references to the best of the Allmans, with a liberal dose of early ZZ Top thrown in for good measure. Their second album shows no signs of a sophomore slump, featuring playing and songwriting every bit as strong as their debut outing. Warren Haynes' guitar work, if anything, is even more adventurous this time around, particularly effective on the opener "Blind Man in the Dark," "Thelonius Beck," and "Birth of the Mule."

John Mayall & Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) SHM-CD Reissue, Mono & Stereo 2 in 1 [Re-Up]

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John Mayall & Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) SHM-CD Reissue, Mono & Stereo 2 in 1 [Re-Up]

John Mayall & Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) SHM-CD Reissue [mono & stereo 2 in 1]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 490 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
British Blues, Blues-Rock | Label: Universal | # UICY-25066 | Time: 01:15:17

This remastered release features both mono and stereo versions of each cut, and the differences are astounding. Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton was Eric Clapton's first fully realized album as a blues guitarist – more than that, it was a seminal blues album of the 1960s, perhaps the best British blues album ever cut, and the best LP ever recorded by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Standing midway between Clapton's stint with the Yardbirds and the formation of Cream, this album featured the new guitar hero on a series of stripped-down blues standards, Mayall pieces, and one Mayall/Clapton composition, all of which had him stretching out in the idiom for the first time in the studio. This album was the culmination of a very successful year of playing with John Mayall, a fully realized blues creation, featuring sounds very close to the group's stage performances, and with no compromises

Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

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Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006 [Re-Up]

Maggie Bell - Queen Of The Night (1974) Expanded Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 311 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Blues Rock, Soul-Rock, Blues, R&B | Label: Angel Air | # SJPCD200 | Time: 00:58:05

Maggie Bell was lead singer of the Scottish rock band Stone the Crows, who broke up after their guitarist was fatally electrocuted onstage. Managed by Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin) and produced by Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin), Bell made a staggeringly good solo debut that seemed to position her as the heir to Janis Joplin (even covering "A Woman Left Lonely"). But she never broke through commercially, not even when Jimmy Page played guitar on her followup album — the only way she surpassed Joplin was by staying alive.

Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972) [Re-Up]

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Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972) [Re-Up]

Janis Joplin - Joplin In Concert (1972)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 452 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included
Blues-Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rock & Roll | Label: Columbia | # 466838 2 | 01:16:57

About half of this two-record set features Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1968, performing songs like "Down on Me" and "Piece of My Heart." The rest, recorded in 1970, finds her with her backup group, Full Tilt Boogie, mostly performing songs from I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Joplin puts herself out on-stage, both in terms of singing until her voice is raw and describing her life to her audiences. Parts of this album are moving, parts are heartbreaking, and the rest is just great rock & roll.

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons (2008) Reissue 2011 [Re-Up]

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Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons (2008) Reissue 2011 [Re-Up]

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons (2008) Reissue 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb
Label: Repertoire Records | # REP5258 | Time: 00:48:13
Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Classic Rock

Jack Bruce must have enjoyed his 2005 get-together with Cream so much that, when Clapton and Baker were unwilling to continue the collaboration, he rang up Robin Trower to renew the brief power trio fling they had in the mid-'80s. The Trower-Bruce pairing had released only two albums, B.L.T. and Truce, and was dormant since 1982, so this 2007 reunion was somewhat of a continuation of the project, albeit one separated by a quarter century. The results impressively continue where Truce left off, as Bruce brings his distinctive croon/moan to bluesy, riff-oriented tunes dominated by Trower's silvery guitar runs. Gary Husband fills the drum slot adequately if inconspicuously, but his contributions are mixed so far under Bruce's vocals and Trower's guitar that they are secondary. The previous two releases called in Trower's old Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid and Bruce collaborator Peter Brown to write the words, but Bruce and Trower pen these 11 songs without outside assistance.

The Animals - Inside Looking Out: The 1965-1966 Sessions (1991)

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The Animals - Inside Looking Out: The 1965-1966 Sessions (1991)

The Animals - Inside Looking Out: The 1965-1966 Sessions (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
Label: Sequel Records | # NEX CD 153 | Time: 01:09:29
Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll, British Invasion

This 22-song compilation features all of the essential recordings cut by the group in 1965 and 1966 after they broke with their original producer Mickie Most, and before Eric Burdon dissolved the core of the original lineup to pursue solo stardom with an Animals group featuring entirely different musicians. These tracks were perhaps more soul-oriented than their previous recordings, but the group still burns on the hits "Inside Looking Out" and "Don't Bring Me Down." Despite the absence of original keyboardist Alan Price, the group continued to showcase Burdon's passionate vocals and burning, vibrant organ (by Price's replacement Dave Rowberry) on both renowned and obscure R&B tunes, with an occasional original thrown in. Besides the entirety of their final British LP Animalisms (from 1966) and the above-mentioned singles, the CD includes the hits "Help Me Girl" and "See See Rider" (credited to "Eric Burdon and the Animals," these were possibly Burdon solo records). The four tracks from their first release, an independently released 1963 EP featuring primitive R&B standards, are small but noteworthy bonus cuts that close this collection.